United for Infrastructure Highlights:

2020 #RebuildBetter

America’s infrastructure confronted unprecedented challenges in 2020. Keeping Americans’ moving (safely) amidst the global pandemic, getting goods delivered to homes, ensuring safe and affordable water, and connecting homes and businesses to the internet took on heightened importance, exposed legacy inequalities, and underscored the need to modernize our infrastructure and prepare it to be flexible, adaptable, and resilient.

Our annual week of events and advocacy moved online – and to September – but was nonetheless a critical point for reflection and taking stock of how America’s infrastructure fared throughout the first six months of the pandemic, and what critical policies, investments, and new priorities are key to ensuring our infrastructure continues to provide vital services to households, communities, businesses, and the economy. From September 10-14, we hosted (virtual) events on the intersection of the pandemic, infrastructure, and equity; on the importance of resilience and building for a climate-secure future; on weaknesses exposed by the pandemic and on the success stories of how our infrastructure continued to serve us.

Key Speakers included:

  • Majority Whip James Clyburn – U.S. House of Representatives (D-SC)
  • Senator John Barrasso – Chairman, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (R-WY)
  • Senator Shelley Moore Capito – Chairwoman, Senate EPW Transportation and Infrastructure Sub-Committee (R-WV)
  • Governor Larry Hogan – Governor of Maryland and Immediate Past Chair, National Governors Association
  • Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
  • Representative Garrett Graves (R-LA)
  • Raymond LaHood – former U.S. Secretary of Transportation
  • Eric Garcetti – Mayor of Los Angeles, CA
  • Andy Berke – Mayor of Chattanooga, TN
  • Nan Whaley – Mayor of Dayton, OH
  • David Holt – Mayor of Oklahoma City, OK
  • Kate Gallego – Mayor of Phoenix, AZ
  • Thomas J. Donohue – CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • James Callahan – General President, International Union of Operating Engineers
  • Radhika Fox – President and CEO, US Water Alliance
  • Brendan Bechtel – Chairman and CEO, Bechtel and Chair, Business Roundtable Infrastructure Committee
  • Lewis Cornell – CEO, WSP USA
  • Roger Millar – Secretary of Transportation, Washington State Department of Transportation and Board Member, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Leslie Richards – General Manager, Southeast Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA)
  • Barbara Humpton – President and CEO, Siemens USA
  • Randi Weingarten – President, American Federation of Teachers
  • Gary Moore – Judge-Executive, Boone County, KY and President, National Association of Counties
  • Mami Hara – General Manager and CEO, Seattle Public Works
  • Tom Smith – Executive Director, American Society of Civil Engineers